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City officials decide to go with highest bid on tight 4-3 vote
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Riverfront Park improvements will move forward with Tri-State Development performing the work, which is scheduled for completion in mid-September.McMinnville officials accepted a Parks and Recreation Committee recommendation to go with Tri-State with a vote of 4-3. Voting in favor were Aldermen Billy Wood, Mike Neal, Rick Barnes and Jimmy Bonner, while Mayor Jimmy Haley, Vice Mayor Ben Newman and Alderman Ken Smith voted against it.Splitting the board was the committee’s recommendation to go with Tri-State with a bid of $92,750 over a lower bid from Waymon Hale Construction at $89,107 – a $3,643 difference. Prior to the vote, Parks and Recreation director Scott McCord explained to the board the bid information packages presented by Tri-State and Waymon Hale were reviewed, with Tri-State thought to include more of what the city requested, making it the best bid.